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The AIM’s The Same

Anti Fed Ed Warriors, we’ve heard that beauty’s skin deep, right? What Congress is doing to our education system (birth to adult) isn’t beautiful. It’s disgraceful.

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Congress, I want MORE than just a shell of who my students used to be. 

AIMing for Students:

Warriors, if you’ve not heard of HR 4029 (AIM Act of 2017), you are about to.
“AIM” stands for ‘Accurate Income Measure’. The purpose? To direct Secretary Betsy DeVos where income data for cosmetology students is concerned. It ties the U.S. Dept. of Education to the IRS (Internal Revenue Service).

Currently, HR 4029 is in the House’s Education and Workforce Committee (where it’s been since October 2017). Introduced by Rep. Jackie Speier (CA), this Bill DOES limit DeVos’s powers in some ways, but then allows her to use her power in some very concerning ways.

Any data, even ‘income data’ should be part of our privacy, not up for grabs to share. However, we know, that at least 9 different federal agencies freely share our private data.

What spurred HR 4029? It appears it’s a reaction to a lawsuit where DeVos’s use of student data was capricious. (*Note: the AACS, American Association of Cosmetology Schools not only brought the lawsuit about, but has a “Government Relations Committee” as members of the US Dept. of Education. Their Committee also is in the executive and legislative branches.)

Rather than punish DeVos, this Bill redirects her use of student data in the name of insuring students get good paying jobs. But, look closer at the lawsuit and contrast it with the Bill.
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Speier’s Stance:

Warriors, I wanted us to take a few moments to look at Rep. Speier’s stance on education. While I searched her website, I didn’t see any official statement, but I did find that she supports the technology bridge between the private sector and the federal government especially where education and jobs connect. I also found, where in 2009, she was seeking federal funds for expanding CBE (Competency Based Education) for students in college. The major? Early childhood education. (look below)

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According to the Open Secrets website, the University of California is among Rep. Speier’s top campaign contributors.

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Where Cosmetology Is In the CBE (Competency Based Education)?

Warriors, according to the CTE (Career Tech Education) Clusters, ‘cosmetology’ is found in the ‘human services’ cluster. Since there are only 16 Career Clusters, and many types of jobs in human services, ‘cosmetology’ is listed in the personal care track.

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So, Warriors, this begs the question: since HR 4029 unites  Federal Education to the Tax Department, where will Labor Department fit in? Answer: the shared data!

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Back in Dec. 2014, I revealed to you how Cengage (a huge CCSS Machine member) is the main publisher for CBE/CTE Common Core books, courses, assessments, and, resources.
Among them? The “Milady” resources used for training cosmetologists. (*Note: Cengage has a profile on Rep. Speier’s votes. To access it, go here.)

Warriors, not only will we find cosmetology courses in K-12th grades and community colleges, there are several privately owned cosmetology companies/schools out there.

I showed you the dangers of privately owned companies using the same textbooks and resources of the CCSS Machine and how harmful this is. A big tactic for cosmetology schools used against students is ‘free’ technology upon registration.

ICYMI:

From the AACS’s website, this career-ready course can be found:

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Since cosmetology courses are CCSS aligned and each school teaching it receives federal funds, where would find those funding streams? A huge one is the E-rate. I exposed that information in 2016.

Lastly, Warriors, HR 4029 will impact the HEA (Higher Education Act). Since that law is being re-written, watch for how ‘gainfully employed’ may be defined. Will the true definition remain, or, will that change to reflect the CCSS Machine’s alignment? With the massive amounts of data needed, what new(er) student data raping algorithms will be inserted into the ‘new’ HEA?

Closing:

So, Warriors, this Bill focusing on ONE career is troubling. Will this AIM legislation be attached to all careers? Will that AIM be embedded in the House and Senate versions of HEA (House’s version is the PROSPER Act; Senate’s is the Higher Education Innovation Act). Will this type of AIM be embedded in other HEA amendment bills? (There are tons of these, by the way.)

Why is a CA Representative who is usually championing for women and the military concerning herself with cosmetology students? I believe, Rep. Speiers, is like all the other sold out legislators who believe CBE is the only alignment needed to make education and jobs matter. How disgraceful.

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A Fox In The Hen House


Warriors
, in my last Weekend News, I shared with you much about the Ed/Workforce Committee’s latest email propaganda moves for education. (If you missed it, here’s the link: https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/12/04/weekend-news-worker-ed/ )


As if to rubber stamp all the success of the Ed/Workforce under Kline’s leadership, it was announced on 12/2/16, that Rep. Virginia Foxx (from right here in NC) had been tapped as the new leader.

It hit the news on that same day that one of Foxx’s statements included how she’d love to take down the U.S. Dept. of Ed. While that may or may not be what happens under her rein over Ed/Workforce, I do know how unhappy quite a few of Foxx’s fellow North Carolinians are with her education votes from the past.

(To see the news article: http://www.politico.com/tipsheets/morning-education/2016/12/foxx-in-the-house-217653)

To see how she reacted to the House’s version (HR5) of  ESSA moving forward,
https://ladyliberty1885.com/2015/02/26/rep-foxx-is-dead-wrong-on-h-r-5/

Look below and you will see how StopCommonCore NC reported her vote on ESSA (after HR5 and S1177 were combined):

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To read the entire article:
http://stopcommoncorenc.org/house-passes-esea-to-see-whats-in-it-see-how-north-carolina-reps-voted/

If you think Rep. Foxx will help rein in the U.S. Dept. of Education, please look at the screen shot below. The added emphasis is mine.

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Here’s an excerpt of her statement, H.R. 5587, the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act, updates the law to reflect today’s economic needs and the challenges that students and workers currently face.In particular, I’m pleased that the bill streamlines the number of performance measures for postsecondary programs and aligns them with the performance measures in WIOA, retaining that law’s precedent-setting accountability standards that let taxpayers and lawmakers see clearly which programs work—and which programs don’t. This bipartisan bill goes a long way toward ensuring that individuals who pursue a technical education have the knowledge and skills they need to succeed. However, I believe it’s time we acknowledge that all education is career education and stop dividing the path to a high school degree into two tracks.”
The entire statement: http://edworkforce.house.gov/news/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=400943

HR5587? That’s a nightmarish bill which has been championed as a savior for America! It’s also one the Ed/Workforce has used Gov. Pence’s 2015 CTE speech as a selling point. To see just how toxic for true academic education this bill is:
https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/11/09/does-it-really-matter/

The Lady Doth Protest TOO Much:

About 1 month ago, I researched and published an article about the ‘angry 25’ Congress members who felt it necessary to pen a letter of disgust over the way in which ESSA was being implemented. One of those ‘angered’? Rep. Foxx. See the screen shot for an excerpt from that article.

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To access the entire article:
 https://commoncorediva.wordpress.com/2016/11/07/edworkforce-false-positive/

Funding The CTE Love:

Since Rep. Foxx has a background in both business and education, I was curious as to when she went from academic based education to career based education. Especially in light of her bold statement (see the fox in the hen house picture).

According to the FEC (Federal Election Commission), among her recent Campaign contributors are:

Education Affiliates based in VA (a education business group which ‘delivers real-life career skills’) What’s interesting is that both managing members of EA were formerly employed by Global Knowledge, Inc. Global Knowledge, Inc. has ties to IBM (a huge CCSS/CTE supporter).
Their website: http://www.edaff.com/ (*Note: to see the management team info, select ‘management’. Click on ‘our schools’ to learn how education is a business for profit.)

Finance Scholar Group based in CA, but has offices across the nation. FSG assesses public policies and advises clients in strategic moves. They also conduct research. Among their experts are ties to at least 3 pro CCSS/CTE universities or foundations: Harvard, Carnegie Mellon and the Kellogg Foundation. Rep. Foxx was not listed among the FSG’s client list.
Their website: http://www.fsgexperts.com/

College America, Inc. (is part of Center for Excellence in Higher Education, Inc.) based out of UT, but has non-profit campuses across the nation. CA offers free GED courses (GED is now CCSS/CTE and College/Career Readiness aligned); skill based degrees (since 1964), and more. The parent company, Center for Excellence in Higher Education, Inc. is also based in UT. The sole stock holder, Carl Barney has a very interesting education philosophy. He literally bought schools without any educational background. His biography revealing this can be found: http://essonline.biz/Carl_Barney%20.pdf
Barney’s education activities were also reported in the NY Times:
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/03/03/business/some-private-colleges-turn-a-tidy-profit-by-going-nonprofit.html

The Center’s website: http://www.cehe.org/
College America, Inc.’s website: http://www.collegeamerica.edu/

There are probably many others, too. If you’d like the link to her FEC information:
http://www.fec.gov/fecviewer/CandCmteTransaction.do

In 2014, Huffington Post published an article questioning the top corporate donor ties between for profits educational groups and Foxx’s campaign. See: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/davidhalperin/top-donor-for-house-educa_b_5378324.html

According to Open Secrets website, Foxx’s top donors include quite a few pro CCSS/CTE corporations like: BB & T, Home Depot, SAS Institute, and AT & T.
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https://www.opensecrets.org/politicians/contrib.php?cycle=2016&cid=N00026166&type=I&newmem=N

In 2010, Home Depot, Inc. began giving Trade Scholarship in support of CTE.
See: http://www.techedmagazine.com/node/1813
As seen below, in 2014, they still were at it:

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In 2013, the NC Bankers Association presented NC Governor Pat McCrory with their support statement endorsing Common Core State Standards. BB & T is a member of the NC Bankers Association and has Board members in several committees.
See: https://www.ncbankers.org/press-release/north-carolina-bankers-association-presents-common-core-resolution-to-governor/

SAS Institute was one of the most frequent presenters in NC at several hearings. Always in support of the Standards, too. Here’s one example:
 https://ladyliberty1885.com/2014/05/22/an-nc-chamber-holds-common-core-propaganda-event-pt-3/

AT & T’s been supportive of CCSS/CTE in many ways. The Foundation arm of AT & T is a member of the GradNation Project; The AT & T website has a 21st Century Career Skill Initiative going on.
The GradNation link: https://medium.com/building-a-gradnation/to-young-people-across-america-8dd8d204c4d6#.kzpm8w93b
The 21st Century Skill link: http://about.att.com/content/csr/home/possibilities/at-t-aspire/powering-career-skills.html

However, the biggest ‘smoking gun’ about AT & T and the federal overreach into education can be seen below. To see the full announcement:
http://about.att.com/content/csr/home/possibilities/at-t-aspire/mobilizing-learning/connected.html

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Closing:

Will Rep. Foxx be another ‘ed champ’ or ‘ed chump’ for America? Unless she’s changed her views on CTE, it looks like the CCSS Machine has another ally in a strategic location. From the financial aspect, I do not think we need to wonder.